Atlas Twp. voters face 2 local millage renewal requests

ATLAS TWP. — Atlas Township voters planning to cast ballots in the Tuesday, May 4, election should double-check the location of their precinct’s polls.

With election officials expecting a much lower turn-out, despite four millage proposals this time around, the usual four precincts have been reduced to two.

In February, the township board voted to combine Precincts 1 and 3 with the polls set up at Bridgewood Church, 10291 Green Road, and Precincts 2 and 4 at the United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road.

No voting will take place at St. Mark or Creekside Acres.

The ballot will contain two local millage renewal requests plus the two countywide asks.

Locally, voters will decide the fate of a 2.1-mil renewal for police protection, and a 1-mil renewal for fire protection.

Both renewals are for five years.

The police millage would generate about $772,800 in the first year; the fire millage about $368,000 in the first year.

The county proposals include a 0.93-mil, 10-year levy to support Genesee County Community Mental Health Services, and a renewal of the $1.86 per month surcharge on all phone lines in Genesee County to pay for Central Dispatch.

The mental health millage could raise about $9.5 million to help provide law enforcement and first responders with mental health and crisis training, support and services in the court and corrections systems, suicide prevention, school crisis services, and de-escalation and health and wellness for vulnerable populations.

The 911 surcharge is expected to raise $7 million to operate the Dispatch Authority. Central Dispatch is 100 percent funded by the surcharge.